Things to Do

Whether you want to wind down, de stress, relax or indeed experience the many attractions within easy reach you will find Blueberry Cottages as the ideal accommodation.

The 6 acres of ground offers many opportunities for relaxation, reading, writing, painting etc. The natural wildlife pond and beautifully cultivated organic cottage gardens offer the ultimate surroundings for those summer days and evenings.

However, this rural retreat is ideally located to provide easy access to many of North West Irelands finest attractions. A mecca for hill walkers the drumlin topography and woodland of the area offers many opportunities for walks and climbs of varying levels of demand.

Click on your area of interest below to get some of the flavour of what is on offer within easy reach of Blueberry Cottages.
 

  • Arts & Crafts

    Arts & Crafts

    Irelands tradition of local artisan crafts people is evident throughout the North West Region and bespoke local pottery, jewellery and art is available through various craft outlets.

    The Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton regularly run exhibitions and courses.

    The world renowned Belleek Pottery is within easy reach allowing an opportunity to visit their shop and museum while also experiencing at first hand
    the wonderful craft that is involved in its production.

    The award winning Sheelin Antique Irish Lace Museum houses over 700 exhibits dating from 1890-1920. The adjoining Sheelin Lace Shop offers many beautiful antique Irish lace items for sale as well as bags, belts and chokers, handmade using vintage pieces.

    http://www.leitrimsculpturecentre.ie/
    http://www.belleek.ie/
    www.irishlacemuseum.com/Homepg.html
     

  • Archaeology

    Archaeology

    Within a very short distance of Blueberry Cottages Retreat lies The Cavan Burren, a remarkable limestone plateau at an altitude of between seven hundred and nine hundred feet, which is now beginning to be recognised as one of the finest relict landscapes of its size in all of Ireland. As a recent addition to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and part of the UNESCO Global Geopark network this beautiful wooded area is teeming with examples of Neolithic and Megalithic structures including dolmens, tombs and hut sites. It is a veritable wonderland and an unmissable opportunity to see some of the history of the evolution of humankind in Ireland.

    The Arigna Mining Experience Centre was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future. This Energy Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700’s until closure in 1990.

    http://www.cavanburren.ie/
    http://www.marblearchcaves.net/
    http://www.arignaminingexperience.ie/

     

  • Cycling

    Cycling

    Situated on the North West Trail, a recognised and signposted cycle route linking with the National Cycle Network and the Kingfisher Trail, you could not be better placed to embark on a cycling route that promises some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. The 326km (in its entirety) route takes you through Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo as well as this section of Cavan.

    For more information try:

    http://www.northwest-trail.com/default.aspx
    http://www.cycleni.com/101/kingfisher-trail/
    http://www.nationalcyclenetwork.org.uk/
     

  • Walking

    Walking

    There are many walks in this area with an option for every fitness level. From the simple leafy lane outside the Blueberry Cottage Retreat to nearby forest, lakeside and hill walks, you will not be disappointed with the choice and beauty available. We will happily provide suggestions and route details for our favourite local destinations or furnish you with details of local organised walking clubs or events.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Suggested links

    The Cavan Burren                                                                                                                                                                                                  Guided walks through relic landscape of The Cavan Burren with Seamus OhUltachain 0035387 9653178

    Holey Soles Hillwalking Club                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Beautiful and scenic walks to suit every level                                                                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/hshillwalkers/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nuala McNulty and Tina Pommer                                                                                                                                                                Historical, nature, flora and fauna walks in the Glenfarne hill and lakeland area                                          sites.google.com/site/exploreglenfarne/home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Walk NI                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Recognised walks though the beautiful Fermanagh lake district and Cuilcagh Mountain                                                http://www.walkni.com/Walks.aspx?County=5&Tab=Category&Category=1&OrderBy=Name&OrderDirection=ascending
     

  • Lake Swimming

    Lake Swimming

    As we are set in the heart of Irelands Lake District opportunities abound for secluded swimming in beautiful freshwater surroundings. With Lough Macnean within viewing distance you are only minutes from a refreshing plunge and many more stunningly picturesque lakes are within easy reach for the ultimate in peaceful dipping.

  • Fishing

    Fishing

    A destination for fishermen from around the globe the North West lakes are internationally famous for the quality of angling. With Lough Melvin and Lough Allen close by and if fishing is your sport you cannot be better placed to avail of some of Irelands greatest fishing resources.

    Suggested Contacts:

    Lough Macnean – Coarse, Trout -  Terry McGovern – 00353 87 6772234  hotmail.com AT smcgovern018
    Lough Melvin - Salmon, Trout

    http://www.irelandflyfishing.com/fisheries.php?&fisheries_id=13

     

  • Golf

    Golf

    The Blacklion Golf Club is reputed to be one of the most picturesque 9 hole courses in Ireland. Set on the shore of Lough Macnean with four lakeside holes this course offers a combination of challenge and visual reward. For those looking to test their golfing skills, you are within easy reach of 3 of Irelands great golfing facilities with Co Sligo Golf Club (Rosses Point), Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh) and the increasingly famous Lough Erne Country Club all within 30 mins of Blueberry Cottages.

  • Eating

    Eating

    The self catering element of your stay is superbly enhanced by the availability of fresh, organically grown fruit and vegetables (when in season). We would anticipate and encourage a communal spirit to be in place where opportunities arise for joint cooking events in the Garden Room either amongst friends or friends to be. It will surely add to the experience.

    However, should you wish to experience the local specialist eateries then you will not be disappointed with what the locality has to offer.

    Neven Maguire, award winning chef at the Michelin Star The Macnean House and Restaurant and author of the Home Chef books and TV series, is in Blacklion….the ultimate dining experience and a memorable treat.

    Suggested sites:

    Macnean House - Neven Maguire – Blacklion  (Michelin Star) http://www.nevenmaguire.com/

    Clancys of Glenfarne - http://www.clancysofglenfarne.com/


    Fiddlesticks – Belcoo http://www.customshouseinn.com/fiddle.htm


     

     

     

  • Boating

    Boating

    As you are in the centre of Irelands Lake District the opportunities for relaxing boat trips abound. With Enniskillen only 20 minutes away and similar distances to many other jettys the choice of craft will there to suit your requirements.
    Suggested sites

    http://www.cruiseireland.com/erne-waterway-holidays.htm
    http://www.fermanaghlakelands.com/Cruising.T709.aspx
     

  • Water Sports

    Water Sports

    Whether it is the gentle pursuit of canoeing on one of the many lakes that surround Blueberry Cottages or the adrenalin filled excitement of the challenge of the West Coast Atlantic waves, your options for water sports will not be found wanting. 

    Local water sports organisations cater for the experienced as well as the complete novice so if you have not tried it before….who knows….maybe a whole new world out there for you.

    http://www.loughallenadventure.com/
    http://www.bundoransurfco.com/
    http://www.donegaladventurecentre.net/

     

  • Equestrian

    Equestrian

    Drumbarragh Stables - Ballinamallard

    Drumbaragh Stables is a family run outdoor facility that will cater for all your equestrian needs, from trekking for pleasure to lessons to help you progress with your riding ability.

    http://www.drumbaraghstables.co.uk/index.php/home

    Island View Riding Stables  - Sligo

    A family run stable specialising in beach riding and trekking.

    http://www.islandviewridingstables.com/

     

  • Gardening & Horticulture

    Gardening & Horticulture

    The Organic Centre offers a wide range of courses covering all aspects of eco living, cooking, food production, green building, natural energy and craft. A lovely place to visit and a must for all keen gardeners.

    www.theorganiccentre.ie